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Science.gov: Providing Unified and Simplified Access to U.S. Government Science Information Presented by Eleanor Frierson, Deputy Director National Agricultural Library and Co-chair, Science.gov Alliance Symposium: Global Discovery on the Internet: A Grand Challenge

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science gov providing unified and simplified access to u s government science information
Science.gov: Providing Unified and Simplified Access to U.S. Government Science Information

Presented by

Eleanor Frierson, Deputy Director

National Agricultural Library and Co-chair,

Science.gov Alliance

Symposium: Global Discovery on the Internet: A Grand Challenge

AAAS Annual Meeting 2006

why science gov

Why Science.gov?

There is a need to find U.S. government scientific and technical information quickly and easily, but information is dispersed across thousands of Web sites (“Surface Web”) and databases (“Deep Web”).

science gov creation challenges
Science.gov Creation Challenges
  • Broad scope of Federal science and technology research and development missions
  • Wide-ranging interests of potential audiences
  • Information organization (taxonomy) issues given the broad scope and audiences
  • Blending information resources from different agencies into cohesive functionality and page design
  • Politics, human resources, funding, sustainability
what is science gov
What is Science.gov?
  • “FirstGov for Science”
  • A Web portal that provides unified and simplified access to selected U.S. government Web sites and databases that contain scientific and technical information
  • A voluntary large scale collaboration among U.S. government agencies
what does www science gov do
What Does www.science.gov Do?
  • Searches selected Web sites (“Surface Web”) and Databases (“Deep Web”) from one search box, using simple to fairly advanced searching techniques
  • Combines results from all sources searched, ranks and displays them by relevance
  • Sends “alerts” for topics of interest every Monday or as new information is added
how has science gov evolved
How Has Science.gov Evolved?
  • Science.gov Alliance formed in 2001 - 14 scientific and technical information organizations from 10 major science agencies
  • V. 1.0 of www.science.gov launched in December 2002
  • V. 2.0 launched in May 2004
  • “Alerts” service launched in February 2005
  • V. 3.0 launched in December 2005
  • Science.gov Alliance now includes 17 organizations from 12 agencies
continuing challenges
Continuing Challenges
  • More usage – science.gov usage is growing, especially as more “alerts” are established, but it has plenty of room for growth
  • More complete results display –searches are now comprehensive but the extent of results displayed is a function of the size of result sets supplied from the individual organizations. Ideally, both searching and result display would be comprehensive and uniform
  • Where to go after v. 4.0?
continuing challenges9
Continuing Challenges

Collaboration with other science portals:

  • Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC) www.agnic.org
  • CISTI - cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cisti_e.html
  • DEFF – www.deff.dk
  • JST (Japan) www.jst.go.jp/EN/
  • Korea (under development)
  • RDN - http://www.rdn.ac.uk
  • Science.gov (Australia) - www.science.gov.au
  • Science (Canada) - www.science.gc.ca
  • Science.gouv (France) - www.science.gouv.fr
  • Vascoda - www.vascoda.de
what s next for science gov
What’s Next for Science.gov?
  • Version 4.0, under development, will add searching of decentralized full text repositories to the existing searching of Web sites and databases
  • Science.gov Alliance members will continue to add new content
  • www.science.gov will be evaluated and modified to meet customer needs
  • The Science.gov Alliance will begin thinking about the future of www.science.gov beyond version 4.0